Posts Tagged ‘memorycard’

Blast from the Past: A 512MB SD Memory Card for Just $150

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Last week we featured some Sears catalog ads for camera kits from back in 1900, and shared how complete camera kits were selling for just $15.35. Now fast forward a century to the 2000s, when this advertisement appeared 9 years ago. You could buy a “massive” 256 metabyte SD card or a 512MB CF card for your camera for just $100 and $150 (respectively)! For about $100 these days, you can buy a 128 gigabyte SD card.

256GB SD cards cost a hefty $700 these days, but in another 9 years, we’ll almost certainly be poking fun at that price tag as well.


Image credit: Photograph by gfraser and used with permission

New ezShare Wi-Fi SD Cards Offer On/Off Switch to Minimize Power Drain

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You’ve got plenty of options when selecting a wireless memory card, but one thing is fairly universal across the board: they drain way more battery than their non-wireless brethren. Some cameras have menu options that will allow you to control your Wi-Fi cards, but if yours doesn’t, Chinese software company LZeal has you covered. Read more…

Scientists Store Digital Photograph on Tiny Speck of DNA

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Could memory cards and hard drives one day store massive numbers of digital photographs on DNA rather than chips and platters? Possibly, and scientists are trying to make that happen.

Last year, we reported that a group of researchers had successfully stored 700 terabytes of data on a single gram of DNA. The data being stored that time was a book written by one of the geneticists. Now, a new research effort has succeeded in storing something that’s a bit more relevant to this blog: a photograph.
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Lexar Jumps onto the XQD Bandwagon With a Pair of Cards and a Reader

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Back in July, Lexar vice president of products and technology Wes Brewer confirmed that the company was going to jump into the XQD game in Q3. This was good news for the technology, since only one camera was taking them and one company was making them at the time.

Well, the Nikon D4 is still the only DSLR capable of using the cards at the moment, but now Lexar (a couple of quarters late, but here nonetheless) has officially made the leap with its new 1100x pro series cards.
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Toshiba Unveils New CF Cards, Hopes to Capture Third of the Market by 2015

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A week ago we shared some reports that Toshiba was developing a re-focusable smartphone camera, but it looks like its sights are set on bigger fish than just Lytro’s market. While the photo world was focusing on the tiny re-focusing camera, Toshiba officially announced a new line of high performance CF cards that should blow the competition away and, the company hopes, secure one third of the CF market by 2015.

The new cards — dubbed the Exceria Pro series — are set to launch in Spring of this year and bring with them read and write speeds very near the theoretical 167MB/second max provided by the CF’s UDMA 7 interface.
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Sweet Deal: 60% Off Transcend SD and CF Memory Cards for One Day Only

Update: The deal is now over.


If you’re in need of an extra memory card or two, check out the Gold Box Deal of the Day over on Amazon. The company is selling Transcend brand SD and CF memory cards for up to 60% off their regular prices.

Today only—and just in time for the holidays—get up to 60% off memory and storage from Transcend Information. Boost the performance of your camcorders, digital cameras, and other devices with Transcend Information Class 10 SDHC memory cards and store files and photos on Transcend JetFlash retractable USB flash drives.

64GB SD and CF cards cost just $40 and $85, respectively, providing savings of 50% and 60%. The one-day offer will expire at the end of the day today.

Up to 60% Off Select Transcend Memory and Storage [Amazon via Photography Bay]

Transcend Crashes the Wireless Memory Card Party, Launches Wi-Fi SD Cards

Just a few years ago, Eye-Fi was the only company at the wireless memory card party; now the dance floor’s starting to get a bit crowded. Transcend launched its own line of Wi-Fi SD cards yesterday, joining Eye-Fi, SanDisk, Toshiba, and PQI.
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Buried Camera Found 18 Months After Earthquake, Wedding Photos Intact

A crazy story of photo survival has emerged over in New Zealand. Apparently a couple had lost their camera during the Christchurch earthquake last February. They found the demolished camera yesterday, 18 months after it got buried in silt, and were overjoyed to find that their precious photos were still readable.
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Why Hard Drives and Memory Cards Have Less Space Than Advertised

Have you ever wondered why computers always indicate that your hard drive or memory card has a smaller storage capacity than what’s advertised on the box (and the card itself)? No, it’s not because you got a defective card, it’s not because your card came preloaded with a bunch of unwanted files (your hard drives, maybe), and it’s not because the manufacturers are cheating you by skimping out on the storage space (well, not directly, at least). The reason has to do with math and marketing.
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Eye-Fi Doubles Capacity of Flagship Card to 16GB, Drops Price of Smaller Siblings

Eye-Fi, a pioneer in the Wi-Fi-enabled memory card market, has announced a new flagship SD memory card. The new Pro X2 doubles the capacity of the old one, from 8GB to 16GB, and increases the speed as well, from Class 6 to Class 10.
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